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Governments, agencies begin relief efforts

Foreign governments and agencies have announced a major relief effort to help victims of the Philippine typhoon. Here are some of the pledges they have made:

 United States: Secretary of State John Kerry said the US government is organizing emergency shipments of critically needed material and the military is providing logistical support for the distribution of relief supplies.

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Washington is providing $20 million in immediate aid, to help provide emergency shelter, food, relief commodities, water, and sanitation. Officials from the US Agency for International Development have been deployed to monitor the damage. The team is based in or near Ormac, the second-largest city in hard-hit Leyte province.

 Australia: Country announced assistance of $9.4 million, including an emergency medical team, funds to the UN Flash Appeal, and aid to Australian nongovernmental organizations for immediate life-saving assistance.

 United Nations: Agency released $25 million from its relief fund to provide emergency food assistance, supply emergency shelter materials and household items, and assist with the provision of emergency health services, safe water, and sanitation facilities. Global agency’s food program has allocated $2 million for the disaster response, and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage.

 UNICEF: The UN agency said its staff in the Philippines is helping with relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment, and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made at unicef.org/support.

 Japan will fly a 25-member relief team of mostly medical staff.

 Taiwan will send $200,000 in aid to help with relief efforts.

 Red Cross: The American Red Cross will assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services. It asked those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local Red Cross chapter.

 World Vision is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, and protection. It asked for donations to be made at worldvision.org.

 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to www.jdc.org.

 Mercy Corps has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to www.mercycorps.org/typhoon.

 AmeriCares will deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate, go to americares.org.

 Doctors Without Borders has 15 members in the city Cebuand will send an additional 50 people. It also is sending 329 tons of medical and relief supplies on three cargo planes. To donate, go to www.doctorswithoutborders. org/donate.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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